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Slimming Down with Multivitamins

Chinese Study:  Obese Women May Lose More Weight by Supplementing with Multi

Obese women that supplemented with a multivitamin lost an average of seven pounds more than women using a placebo.

I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as a diet drink or diet pill that will help you lose weight.  There are only two things that will help you lose weight and that’s moving more and eating less.

Yet as much as I believe diet and exercise to be the most important elements to any weight loss program, a new study finds that women—obese women, to be specific—are able to lose more weight if they supplement with a multivitamin as well.

Researchers found this to be the case after a conducting a six-month study that involved 87 Chinese women.  All of the women were obese and were randomly assigned to one of three groups:  a placebo group, a multivitamin group, or a calcium group, where they supplemented with 162 milligrams of calcium every day.

After 26 weeks of observation, the researchers found distinct differences among the women.  For starters, the women taking the multivitamin lost an average of seven pounds more than women taking a calcium supplement and about 7.5 pounds more than women taking the placebo.  What’s more, there were distinct differences in the women’s measurements, as the multivitamin supplementing women had more significant reductions in waist circumference.

Commenting on their study, the Harbin Medical University researchers said, “The results suggest that, in obese individuals, multivitamin and mineral supplementation could reduce body weight and fatness and improve serum lipid profiles, possibly through increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation.”

Their study will be published in the print version of the International Journal of Obesity.

Now, notice the researchers’ word choice:  They say that the results “suggest” multivitamins “could” help people lose weight and that the weight loss was observed among “obese individuals.”  That wasn’t by mistake.  Because if they were to say definitively that multivitamins help all people lose weight, that would be a huge story and would be the top story of evening news broadcasts and news disseminating websites everywhere.

They’re merely stating that a multivitamin “may” help certain people lose weight by initiating greater energy expenditure.  This may be because the cells have the nutrients they need to stoke the body’s metabolism that they didn’t have before.

But the importance of taking a multivitamin daily is important for other things as well.  On the go lifestyles tend to adversely affect our nutrition, so multivitamins give our bodies the vitamins and nutrients they need that we’re not getting from high quality food (sadly, only one in five people get at least five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day).  Even people who are extremely conscientious about what they’re feeding they’re body every day fall short here and there.  Multivitamins pick up the slack.

There are many great multivitamins out there, but the one I’m taking currently is Ola Loa (It’s a good idea to switch up your multivitamins now and again).  Unlike most multivitamins, which are pill-form, Ola Loa is a drink mix.  I prefer drinking my multivitamins because 1) it tastes good and 2) the vitamins and nutrients are better absorbed by the body’s cells when in liquid form as opposed to tablet form.

But as LeVar Burton of “Reading Rainbow” likes to say, you don’t have to take my word for it.  Go to Ola Loa’s web site and send away for a free sample.  I know you’ll go back to them again and again for all your multivitamin needs.

I’m in no way affiliated with Ola Loa and I don’t earn any commissions from my recommendation.

Sources:
swansonvitamins.com
energeticnutrition.com

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